Reiki means universal life-force energy. Reiki is a scientific method of activating and balancing the life-force energy (also known as qi, mana, ki, prana, ka, chi, or barraka) present in all living things. Light lay-on-hands technique are used on the body in order in order to channel energy to organs and glands and align the chakras (energy centers).
The process of attunement or initation is what sets Reiki apart from every form of laying on hands or touch healing. In the life force energy of Reiki, the person who is attuned as a Reiki healer has had her body's energy channels opened and cleared of obstructions by the Reiki attunements.
This method is used as a health maintenance, disease prevention, and healing art, and can be applied to oneself and to others.